Disaster Prep

Stuff to do to prepare for, well, Nature’s Wrath

Eric Schlosser signs my copy of Command and Control

Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control, at KPCC last night

I went to the Crawford Family Forum at KPCC last night to see a conversation between Eric Schlosser and former NPR reporter Mike Shuster in conversation. The topic was the safety of controlling nuclear weapons. Always, conversations like these are unsettling. Humans are the ones in “control” of an unforgiving and unwieldy force. Schlosser’s new […]

Fracking

What is fracking? Here’s an explainer movie. MIT has created a website to help landowners rate Landmen — the gas company representatives who get landowners to sign leases. Reuters describes the site: “We have a lot of information [about drilling] from the industry, and from the states,” explains Chris Csikszentmihályi, director of the Center for […]

John McPhee: Los Angeles Against the Mountain (Fire Edition, part 1)

Published in the New Yorker magazine in 1988, which later became a chapter in his book, The Control of Nature, John McPhee eloquently describes that mountainous California habitat — chaparal. [via Susan Orlean via LA Observed] (link goes to part 1 of article, so it’s a nice taste for you). This book is now on […]

Station Fire from Space. Click to embiggen

How big is the Station Fire? MODIS image from space shows

Original MODIS image here (warning: Large 7mb image file size) I photoshopped it with some context-supplying maps of the Los Angeles area. When you enlarge it, you can see how the reddest, hottest areas are on the northern flanks of the fire… and creeping east, toward Mt. Wilson.

Station Fire: Time Lapse from Mt. Wilson webcam

Photos taken ea 2 minutes, this movie is a timelapse from Aug 27-30. Original link here. The webcam on the obervatory tower has been off n on today. When it works, that link’ll be good. Mt Wilson observatory special page for fire news. More timelapse. This is evening, viewing from south of the San Gabriel […]

Station Fire in La Cañada

Here are the places I’m going (well, other than outside, looking to the north and west) to find out the latest about the Station Fire in La Cañada. It’s creeping east into northwest Altadena. JPL is closed this weekend. [note: Sunday Aug 30. I’m still adding links to this list] Time Lapse Test: Station Fire […]

More helpful flu links

Why are people dying in Mexico but not the U.S.? An English translation of an op-ed written by someone who’s lived both north and south of the border. “I suspect that it has to do with the difference in health care systems of the two countries.” How false rumors can cost lives “I have said […]

Swine Flu: Don’t panic, but pay attention

The news stories about the outbreak of a new flu in Mexico (with cases reported in Texas and California) is something to keep an eye on. Here’s an informative post outlining the situation. Want more info? Twitter tags: #swineflu Also: Center for Disease Control’s Swine Flu page (don’t overlook two sublinks from that page) Gov […]

How did we get here (economy) and how do we fix it?

This is a bit long and drawn out, but it’s got ooh! shiny! clarity! if you’re still trying to wrap your head around all this economy mess. Berkeley economist Brad deLong is having a debate with a person named Luigi Zingales about Keynesianism, a type of fiscal policy (I’ve heard the name, but can’t really […]

Bushvilles

During the Great Depression, there were Hoovervilles. Shantytowns and tent villages of the homeless. Now, in 2009, there are Bushvilles. Direct YouTube link More, from @anamariecox: RT @Paulinehess “Sad thing is that the only reason Sac tent city is getting attention is because it now has middle class residents.” True. Even more, from @Paulinehess: @anamariecox […]